With the 7th pick in May’s NFL draft, the Buccaneers have a keen eye on the top underclassmen making their decisions relating to leaving or staying at school.
Louisville QB Teddy Bridegwater and South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney have already announced their intentions of leaving school and entering this year’s NFL draft. Both of these players are slated to be very high picks, and could be the top 2 picks in May.
Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel is also expected to make it official and enter this year’s NFL draft as well.
After Clemson WR Sammy Watkins exploded in the Orange Bowl for 16 receptions, 227 yards, and 2 touchdowns, Bucs fans blew up twitter wanting Watkins to be their target with the 7th pick. Well, Watkins is still an underclassmen, so we all had to wait for him to make it official and leave school early.
While Watkins seems like a logical pick for the offensively anemic Bucs offense, the Bucs do have a lot of money tied up in Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams. There is also a question as to whom might be throwing these receivers the ball.
The jury is still out on how the new regime at One Buc Place views Mike Glennon. If the Glazers have been as aggressive as they have been with building their coaching staff and front office, will they be the same in addressing their quarterback position?
If the Bucs are targeting a quarterback in May’s draft, it appears another one of the top quarterback prospects are now off the board.
Next year’s quarterback class is looking very attractive now with FSU QB Jameis Winston, Oregon QB Marcus Mariota, and UCLA QB Brett Hundley all being a part of it. I would expect UCF QB Blake Bortles to go ahead and enter this year’s draft due to next year’s class looking so strong.